You mentioned to me that you feel even cooler now that you are a mother, how is that?
Oh, for sure. I absolutely feel even cooler as a mother. It hits me when I’m out without Zia, and then all of a sudden, I remember that I am not just me, but I’m a mother, I have grown a baby and given birth to a child IN MY BODY. That is really damn cool and really empowering. Women are so powerful - I know it sounds cliché, but it’s so true.
A lot of people feel they change a lot when they become a mother [or father] and become less than - I feel like I’m me and then some. Like I don’t have to wear sweatpants, tracksuits and a messy, frazzled bun now that I’m a mom. I can still wear my cool clothes and listen to my same music and it’s even cooler when you have a bright little being on your hip to make you laugh. And to see the brightness in people’s eyes when they see your little child, and what joy little ones bring to the world, with their purity and their innocence. It’s really powerful to be a mother. And who knew I could survive on less than nine hours of sleep a night?! And who knew I could multi-task other level?? This isn’t unique to me, all of the mamas in my life are like this. I feel so much stronger and more interesting, even.